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SBA Announces Opening of PPP Direct Forgiveness Portal The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced the opening of a new direct forgiveness portal for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. This portal will streamline the loan forgiveness process for businesses with loans under $150,000– a total of over 6.5 million businesses in the United States.…

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Breaking down the Senate infrastructure agreement’s $550B in new spending Categories Auto Repair Clean Air Watch EPA Featured Information Availability Insurance Issues New Vehicle Technologies Service Information Small Business Uncategorized Vehicle Safety Archives Archives Select Month August 2021 July 2021 June 2021 May 2021 April 2021 March 2021 February 2021 January 2021 December 2020 November…

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Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Moves Forward in the U.S. Senate The Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework passed a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate last night. The vote was 67-32, with all Senate Democrats voting yes, and 17 Senate Republicans joining them. The framework that was voted on is similar to the plans discussed in previous weeks, with…

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Report: What you need to know about job training programs Categories Auto Repair Clean Air Watch EPA Featured Information Availability Insurance Issues New Vehicle Technologies Service Information Small Business Uncategorized Vehicle Safety Archives Archives Select Month August 2021 July 2021 June 2021 May 2021 April 2021 March 2021 February 2021 January 2021 December 2020 November…

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FTC Votes Unanimously to Adopt Policy Statement on Repair Restrictions Imposed by Manufacturers and Sellers The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted 5-0 today to adopt the Policy Statement on Repair Restrictions Imposed by Manufacturers and Sellers. The commission voted during their open commission meeting this afternoon. Earlier this year, the FTC released a report entitled…

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ASA Signs on to FTC Letter With AAVOR ASA signed on to a letter from the American Alliance for Vehicle Owners Rights (AAVOR) ahead of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) open meeting Wednesday, July 21. The FTC is meeting this week to discuss a policy statement in response to the 2020 “Nixing the Fix” document…

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ASA Sends Letter to FTC in Response to “Nixing the Fix Report” The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a July 21 open meeting. On the agenda is: Proposed Policy Statement on Repair Restrictions Imposed by Manufacturers and Sellers: The FTC Act authorizes the Commission to adopt policy statements. The Commission will vote on whether to issue…

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OSHA Secretary Advocates for More Inspectors Marty Walsh, the Secretary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) spoke in front of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies regarding the FY 2022 budget for the U.S. Department of Labor. In his submitted statement, the secretary noted…

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President Biden Signs Executive Order, Directs FTC to Address Agricultural Right to Repair President Joe Biden signed an executive order this afternoon aimed at promoting competition in the United States economy. Included in this executive order is a directive to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to address right to repair issues for owners of farm…

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“Drugged Driving” Accidents are on the Rise To date, 37 states have legalized medical or recreational cannabis use for adults. However, testing for drugged driving has remained negligent, which is correlated to an increase in accidents involving impaired drivers. THC can remain in a person’s system for weeks after use, which means there is no…

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